The “fuck fuck fucks” in the show are not the enjoyable ones. The enjoyable ones are the turns of phrase, if you will. It was enjoyable to find new ways to insult Jonah. You’re up against four years of really wonderful ones. There’s one in episode two where Jonah’s like, “You’re starting Hakeem Olajuwan. You’ve got Michael Jordan on the bench.” And Amy’s like, “You’re not Michael Jordan. You’re a seven-foot-seven goony Lithuanian who’s going to drop dead of Marfan’s syndrome.” Again there’s no cursing in there, but I’d like to think it’s very enjoyable. I’m a fan of a Marfan’s syndrome references. You’re not going to see Marfan’s syndrome references on the average episode of the Jim Belushi show. … [Read more...] about Can Veep Keep Being The Funniest Show in America?
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“You know, he's sincerely grappling with this, which is good. I mean, war should be hard and we should grapple with it. I just don't want any one person to say, okay, I've grappled with it we should do it,” Sen. Tim Kaine told The Daily Beast in an interview about the escalating tension in Iran. Since the Soleimani strike, the Virginia Democrat has led a bipartisan push in the Senate to rein in Trump’s authority to wage war in Iran without congressional approval. … [Read more...] about ‘OK, Now What?’: Inside Team Trump’s Scramble to Sell the Soleimani Hit to America
Which is just another example of how long Gibson has been around—he remembers when TV test patterns signaled that programming was over for the day—and yet he has still learned to keep up with contemporary happenings in both technology and popular culture. Agency, for example, contains references to Pikachu, Pixar, Area 51, the gig economy, Pussy Riot, and Janelle Monae (he refers to someone as “looking like Janelle Monae had a twin brother”). But he also throws in scientific terms (I had to use a dictionary at times while reading the book) like laminar agent and haptic tech. Once a person who was late in the game to have his own email address—Gibson says he held off getting one because “It involved a certain learning curve, and I said I’ll do it when dogs and children can do it”—he is now on Twitter, but not on Facebook. … [Read more...] about William Gibson: We Are All Science Fiction Writers Now
The characters all have their laugh lines and quirks, but are given immense dignity, too. A good number of them genuinely want to be there and want to change; what young person wouldn’t, after being told that they are “wrong”? There are no caricatures of the too-cool kids who see through the school’s mission, and no painting of the kids who are really there to change as bible-thumping lunatics. … [Read more...] about Chloe Grace Moretz Goes to Gay Conversion Therapy: Inside ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’
It’s a sentimental movie—influenced more by emotion than reason. John hedges his bets with a speech by Claire about how the members of the Breakfast Club will all go back to ignoring each other at school on Monday. But I doubt John believed that. Plus I am, like many conservatives, a sentimental guy. As Finley Peter Dunne—the best Chicago humorist until John Hughes—had his Irish barkeep Mr. Dooley say, “Damp eye, dry heart.” … [Read more...] about Don’t You Forget About Me: The John Hughes I Knew